Pregnancy was best and hardest thing I’ll ever go through, says Mariah Carey

London: Mariah Carey has admitted that it wasn’t an easy feat to get her figure back, particularly after gaining so much weight during her pregnancy.

The 42-year-old singer is now in fantastic shape after giving birth to twins a year ago.

“I put on 70 lbs but if you look at me in pictures you’d think it was more like 9,000 lbs. I have a lot of empathy with people who have to lose a lot of weight,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

“I`ve been there and I know what they are going through. I remember thinking at the time: “I’ll never look or feel the same again’,” she said.

But Mariah was wrong and she now looks and feels better than ever.

To prove it, the pop diva posed for the cover of the May issue of Shape magazine, flaunting her incredible abs in just a blue and white striped crop top and white knickers.

The star, who is married to Nick Cannon, admitted to the magazine that being pregnant with Monroe and Moroccan was a tricky time for her.

“Pregnancy was probably the best and the hardest thing I’ll ever go through.

“I know for a lot of women, it can be wonderful and relatively easy. But for me, it was like “Okay, honey, do you have to do everything the hard way?”” she added.